Proverbs 18:24, True Friends

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There are friends, and then there are FRIENDS. The distinction is, one will be your friend during the good times and the other stands with you through thick and thin. The latter becomes a brother/sister when they stand with you through the difficult times. The bond is molded by love.

Only Jesus is closer than a brother. You can rest in knowing he is always by your side.

Psalm 4:8, Peaceful Sleep

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We are living in perilous times.  The world is in flux, creating anxiety all around us. I find comfort knowing that as Christians, we reside in calmness and serenity in the midst of trouble. We can lay down in peace and tranquility as we sleep because we are in the care and protection of God. We can trust in the Lord that he will keep us through the night.

Do you remember the children’s bedtime prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep; keep me safe through the night and wake me with the morning light?

This prayer trained us how to overcome anxiety and sleepless nights as children when the boogyman was our worst fear. As adults, we often forget that we have been in training all of our lives and often overlook this simple prayer restated in Psalms 4:8.

We can choose to rest in peace through the night, or toss and turn with nervous anxiety. It is our choice. Why? Because God protects us through the night, but also bestowed free-will upon us allowing us to choose to abide in Him and rest in peace or toss and turn through the night.

The choice is ours.

Jeremiah 31:3, He Drew You

Isn’t this a beautiful verse? He has drawn us. Out of his mind, to paper he gave us life. Have you ever observed a child drawing. They do so with such intensity. Their focus is spot on. I can image the Lord doing the same.

The full verse reads:

I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31‬:‭3‬ AMP)

He loves us with everlasting kindness. It doesn’t matter what we have done with our lives; he loves us still. He has faith that we will find our way when we accept that he unconditionally loves us. His love is merciful and steadfast. It is covenant love. Covenant love is a pact between God and each one of us. It is everlasting.

How awesome is this? Shame cannot destroy it. Missed opportunities cannot destroy it. Pride cannot destroy it. You can run but you cannot escape God’s unfailing loving-kindness. He has drawn us. He created us. We came from Him. He unconditionally loves His creation, i.e., Us.

 

Philippians 4:4, Rejoice

Rejoice in the dark days. Rejoice in the joyous days. Our joy does not stem from the things of this earth, but from our relationship with Christ, which we will never lose. Our happiness rests in Christ.

As Christians, we must fight to possess joy and rejoice because the Holy Spirit resides in us, and like Superman, breaks through our darkness.

(Scripture from Today’s Bible.com devotional)

Images – Google Images; LAB Photos (Church – Notre Dame)

Scripture – Bible.com

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Romans 10:17, Hearing The Message

It has taken me a long time to desire to learn what the scriptures mean, you know, other than face value, interpreting intellectually. I found it is easy to misinterpret them because they were not inspired by man. Finally I decided to delve in the Word and it opened a chest of gold, so to speak. They are so much more than we could possibly understand on their face value.

We hear the message through the Word of God. As we read to ourselves the words enter our inner sanctum (the home of the Holy Spirit) and their power is revealed.

I use BibleStudylight.org, specifically William Barclay’s Commentary, BibleStudyTools.com and Biblegateway.com to access the commentaries of theological scholars. It is essential to confirm your thinking and not blindly listen to others or to interpret ourselves. I read other commentaries as well, though Bible scholars have shared that these are the best online references.

Try Searching – Commentary, Romans 10 17. You cannot use colons in your search.

Like the water in a fountain, our knowledge is elevated, as we delve into the Word through prayer, praise, and worship. We acquire more understanding with each tier, or level we climb. The message becomes clearer as our understanding increases. We become stronger in the Word, and it becomes part of us. Through our studies, we begin to take on the characteristics of Christ, demonstrating what is means to be a Christian in today’s society.

Images – Google Images; LAB Photos

Scripture – Bible.com; Biblestudyhtools.com

Visit my Young Christian Warriors site. The earliest Posts were written to help parents guide and train their children to access the Word of God to direct their steps. Later Posts were written for everyone, though I believe the Posts to parents can serve as reminders for all ages.

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Horses, Blinders, Distractions

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Blinders are used to prevent a horse from seeing behind and beside him. Horses that pull wagons and carriages wear blinkers to prevent them from becoming distracted or panicked by what they see around and behind the wagon. (animals.mom.me)

The key words are derived from prevention, distraction, and panic. These words are also the keywords that define most of us today. We try to move forward but frequently stare into the rearview mirror, i.e. behind us. We ask for God’s assistance and help in determining our path, but continue to look behind us, and to our sides. The view causes us to become distracted, anxious, and often panic-stricken. We continue to look behind at our failures, missteps, and poor decisions. We look to the side to see what those around us are doing and if they are doing ‘better’ than we are doing. As we continue to look back and to our sides, we fail to see what lies before us and ahead of us. Our past tells us looking back and to the sides can be calamitous. How can God lead us if we are focused on the past, or on life’s distractions? distraction2

The Lord instructs us to let our eyes look straight ahead, and our gaze to be right before us. (Prov 4:25) God instructed Sarah and Abraham to escape and not look back at what was behind them but to focus on what was ahead. Sarah, in her humanness, looked back to see the destruction, and God turned her into a pillar of salt, forever frozen in time. I believe most of us at some point in our lives felt frozen, eyes locked on our past of who we were before we received Christ as our Lord and Savior, rather than who we have become. The Word is our blinder. If we wear it, we can focus on what lies ahead and stop focusing on our past and the distractions that keep us from moving forward. The wagon driver guides the horse, similarly,

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God guides us if only we would wear the blinder and bridle, commit ourselves to His Word and follow the plans He established for us, which we can only find through prayer.

 

 

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We struggle because we are involved in a battle over our souls. God instructs through the Word, and Satan disrupts by redirecting our focus away from God and onto the things of this earth.